Written by: Chris Eden, Bridges for Peace
Article source: Supplied

A call was made by Mandla Mandela from the speaker’s podium at a pro-Hamas rally held in Cape Town on 11 November to disrupt the gathering of Christians on the Sea Point Promenade on Sunday 12th November. Despite the approval by the City of Cape Town and the Police for the peaceful prayer meeting and the declining of approval for a counter protest, the call by Mandela was heeded, resulting in a disgusting display of thuggery that demanded strong Police intervention and led to the cancelation of the Christian prayer meeting by the Police in the interests of public safety.

The violence caught on camera included the harassment of Christian attendees, the theft and burning of flags and a prayer shawl and the destruction of the stage. The violence culminated in the arrest of several Hamas supporters and the confiscation of two firearms. As co-organisers of this event, we condemn this illegal gathering by Hamas supporters and the premeditated plan to violently disrupt the meeting, preventing Christians from exercising our constitutional right to gather for prayer and proclamation for Israel and South Africa. We also appeal to the South African government, the ANC and other parties to desist from fuelling anger against Israel, the Jewish community and Christian supporters of Israel.

We commend the estimated 3,000 Christians and Jewish people who set out to attend the event and state that our voices in support of Israel will not be silenced by thuggish and lawless behaviour. We call on the Police to prosecute those guilty of this behaviour and call on the authorities to reject all applications for marches and rallies requested by those who called for and disrupted the Church-initiated prayer gathering.

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Date published: 15/11/2023

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